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Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

Peat of the Glen

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

29th Jul 2018


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This is the last dram of a bottle of Glenlivet Nadurra (Gaelic for "natural"), this one finished in a cask that held a heavily peated scotch (probably from Islay). Like the other bottlings in the Nadurra range, it is cask strength, non-coloured and non-chill-filtered.

The colour is a light, yellowish amber. Citrusy on the nose, with lemon curd, buttery pastry, vanilla custard and wafting peat smoke. Linoleum. Red apple skins. Pear compote. Hint of pineapple. The malt is there but a bit restrained. Both grassy and floral - and gets grassier with a drop of water. Unmistakably young Glenlivet with those light fruity aromas, but elevated with that lovely peat.

Hot on the palate with more vanilla, lemon meringue, peach, peat smoke and orange pith. The mouthfeel is a bit oily, in a nice way. Slightly metallic. Herbal. Hint of pine needles. Tangy, citrusy and peaty - a very nice combination. Water changes the meringue to lemon pith and dials up the smoke. Tasty but still a bit too hot.

The finish is a bit too short with the peat smoke diminished; in its place are tropical fruits and lightly toasted oak. This comes off more like a peated malt that simply finishing in a peated cask. The beautiful nose becomes a bit derailed with an imbalanced palate but regardless, this is another very interesting peated Speysider.

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paddockjudge commented

Such kind words for a low scoring whisky. It makes me want to own one.

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talexander commented

@paddockjudge I did score it lower than the text of the review might make it out to be. I find that scores are generally too high (ie. if I like it, but don't love it, does it really deserve a mid-80s, or should it go mid-70s? If I don't like it, shouldn't it score below 50?) so I'm trying to revise my thinking about scores.

4 years ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@talexander Changing the rules in the middle of the game, Mr. Ford?


4 years ago 3Who liked this?

paddockjudge commented

@talexander, I agree with your revised approach to scores. Scores tend to cluster. I use the auto-adjusting colour rating bar/smiley face indicator as a guide. The break points are 57, 72, and 87; this gives me a quick reference with which to compare score and pleasure.

I have scored many whiskies, yet have posted only a few on Connosr. It is a relatively simple matter for me to adjust my cabinet scores, that luxury does not exist for posted reviews.

The one tool I would welcome for posted reviews: the ability to reset all of my scores by a fixed coefficient, for example, discount all scores by 8%....better yet, discount all Distillery XX by a factor of .08

A thread is bound to pop up.

4 years ago 2Who liked this?

talexander commented

@Nozinan Hey, us dictators gotta do what we can!

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